Councilman explains resignation
Councilman Jerry Reitz has issued the following letter to City Manager John Bingham, city staff council members and media:
It is with deep regret that I offer at this time my resignation from the City Council. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a group of staff members that are above the average. Your dedication to the tasks set before you is none other than exemplary.
This decision was not made hastily and recent events and decisions have helped me arrive at this point. My reasons for running for the seat on the council were to do the best possible job of making the best possible decision on every issue facing the citizens. I believe that I have done this. But my efforts in finding out the answers to the tough problems are wasted in the process.
I have stood fast on my belief that the people of McCook deserve the best services for their money. I know that what they are going to receive is not only second-rate, but extremely more expensive. I cannot continue to be a part of fleecing the citizens for millions of unnecessary dollars. I have to be able to live not only with the rest of the citizens, but with myself.
My business is now becoming successful enough that my time and efforts are well spent serving the people in the service field. I intend to continue to be a hard-working family man with the city's best interests at heart. Serving McCook has been a pleasure and perhaps I will have the opportunity to be of some service in the future.